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The Long View: Labour Productivity, Labour Income and Living Standards in Canada

Tony Fisher and Doug Hostland
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Tony Fisher: Economist, Economic Studies and Policy Analysis Branch of Finance Canada

A chapter in The Review of Economic Performance and Social Progress 2002: Towards a Social Understanding of Productivity, 2002, vol. 2 from Centre for the Study of Living Standards, The Institutute for Research on Public Policy

Abstract: In this chapter, Tony Fisher and Doug Hostland provide an historical perspective on trends in labour productivity, labour income and living standards in Canada. They find that, once the appropriate adjustments are made, the labour share and the non-labour share (composed of profits, interest and investment income, and incorporated business income) in national income tend to revert to their historical means over the 1926-2001 historical period, although divergences may last for several years. They note, for example, that the decline in the labour share in Canada since 1994 has not been due to any increase in profit share, but to an increase in the share of depreciation or capital consumption allowances associated with the short services lives of high-tech investment goods.

Keywords: Productivity; Labor Productivity; Labour Productivity; Growth; Wages; Income; Living Standards; Well-being; Wellbeing; Well Being; Long-run; Taxes; Labour Income; Labor Income; Non-labour Income; Non-labor Income; Business Income; Corporate Profits; Investment Income; Real Wage Growth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E25 J24 J31 N12 O47 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2002
ISBN: 0-88645-198-1
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